We provide support to Zimbabwe’s wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley’s Protected Areas under the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. These collectively include UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and two Trans Frontier Conservation Areas.
The Tashinga Initiative Trust provides support to resource management
in the Zambezi Valley’s mosaic of protected areas.
The on-going socio economic crisis in Zimbabwe, coupled with massive increase in poaching for ivory and rhino horn has presented critical challenges.
The children of Rangers need nurturing and education in conservation
THE TASHINGA INITIATIVE
Against the backdrop of highly intensified poaching scourge for ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat and fish the Project addresses the lack of operational capacity, illegal activity, unsustainable resource use and the needs of Ranger communities who are key to the ultimate protection of each National Park and Safari Area.
Inadequate budgets for conservation effort puts prize wildlife species, such as rhino and elephant at extremely high risk from poachers, and this risk currently is escalating. Despite all challenges, committed field Rangers continue to log high rates of arrests and convictions in their antipoaching operations. This is very much a result of generous donor support for these incredibly hardy, brave and determined Zimbabwean Rangers. The Trust has operated for 11 years.
AREAS WE OPERATE IN
Funded by donors globally The Tashinga Initiative addresses needs in project component such as Solar Power for water pumping and energy provision, VHF and VSAT Communications, Ranger Antipoaching operations and Training, including support for intelligence gathering and informant networking, infrastructure rehabilitation and the building of new field stations, Mobility: the provision of vehicles and boats, Ranger child education and Ranger community well-being, focused on food security.
The on-going socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe, coupled with a massive increase in poaching for ivory and rhino horn has presented critical challenges to maintaining conservation integrity and the continuity of wildlife protection efforts by the Rangers of the Parks Authority.
The Trust is Harare-based, with hands-on field implementation, is audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers, Harare, and raises minimal administrative charges giving donors excellent value for their donations.
The Tashinga Initiative works in partnership with other wildlife conservation entities worldwide, as well as many local Zimbabwean NGO’s, stakeholders, and conservation partners.